3D printed surfboard fins help surfers optimize performance and catch extra waves
“Balance might be the only thing on your mind the first time you stand on a surfboard, but the experienced surfers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) are all thinking about equipment. About those little tweaks to board design and materials that can optimize their performance and help them catch those extra waves. It’s exactly why researchers from UOW turned to 3D printing to quickly prototype and test numerous surfboard fin designs to facilitate more bespoke rides through the waves two years ago.
This research has continued. UOW team of six surfers and three researchers did on a recent trip to the remote Mentawai Islands, located off West Sumatra in Indonesia, to surf test new shapes of 3D-printed surfboard fins designed and manufactured at the Australian National Fabrication Facility node at the UOW…”
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